Another Records Store Day has come and gone, and the euphoria of an early morning standing in line to buy mystery vinyl is now replaced by melancholy and nostalgia, as the next Record Store Day is now a year away.
But that’s okay…
Because, now, I get to listen to all of my great finds!! And if that wasn’t enough, my own personal celebration of Record Store Day continues through the weekend, as I’m offering every item in my Etsy photography shop (postcards! album editions! limited editions!) at 20% off through Monday to anyone who uses the coupon code VINYL. Originally, the sale was to be limited to only my Twitter followers, but since my blog is still barely out of the womb and I’m all caught up in Record Store Day euphoria, how can I deny discounts to those of you who have recently found me in Blogland? Simply, I cannot… so you get the discount too, and you don’t even have to follow me on Twitter!
(shut up John… tell us all about Records Store Day)
My first stop was M-Theory Music in Mission Hills where music fans had begun lining up an hour and a half before the doors were to open. When I arrived the line stretched to the end of the block. The likelihood of getting any of the most coveted exclusive releases was slim, so when 10AM hit I started with the sidewalk sale of used CDs and LPs, and bought 3 LPs for $1.50 that will likely appear in a future photo. By the time I checked out the line was only a dozen or so people out the door, so I patiently waited my turn to venture inside and browse.
Above is a shot of the scene inside the store, with most of the action in the back right corner of the store where all the Record Store Day exclusives were going very, very fast. I picked up the Bruce Springsteen live 10″ EP recorded inside the carousel building in Asbury Park. I got a free Sub Pop sampler and grabbed a bunch of CDs from the likes of the Dum Dum Girls, LCD Soundsystem, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, Superchunk, Animal Collective, Captain Beefheart, Girls, and Ella Fitzgerald (3 CD mini book for $11.99!!). M-Theory was also bagging everyone’s purchases in a cool little purple shoulder bag from Kanine Records (yes, there are white silkscreened dogs on the front).
Next stop? Record City, just a couple of miles away in Hillcrest. The store opened at 11 and when I drove by at 11:15 the line to get in was still 20 or 30 people long. This put me in a bit of a panic, as there is NOWHERE to park in Hillcrest on a Saturday morning. I shamefully parked in the “customer only” lot at Whole Foods , walked in the front door, lingered, then snuck out the side (sorry Whole Foods!) and headed over the Record City.
Here’s a shot from just outside the front door. The customers on the right are making their way by all the exclusive releases, while the line on the left is the s-l-o-w line to checkout. Record City wasn’t quite as picked over as M-Theory and I bought a red vinyl 7″ double A-side from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Ramones, a white vinyl 10″ of B-sides from Black Angels, a 120 gram vinyl LP of Foo Fighter rarities, a Built To Spill picture disc 45, a limited live CD from The Decemberists, a CD from The Ravonettes, and a couple of vintage vinyl LPs for future photos.
No free bag at Record City, but they were providing pizza, Twinkies and Monster energy drinks.
Here’s hoping everyone reading had a Happy Record Store Day!